Legion champs honored at World Series

Midland, Mich., Berryhill Post 165’s Legion Baseball team, which won in August the 2009 American Legion Baseball World Series in Fargo, N.D., was honored prior to the opening game of the Major League Baseball World Series in New York City on Oct. 28.A crowd of more than 50,000 – including First Lady Michelle Obama, who was part of the ceremonial first pitch – watched as the Berryhill players were publicly recognized and met some of the major-leaguers on hand before Philadelphia downed the Yankees 6-1. The team’s trip marks the 84th time the Legion World Series champs have been honored during the MLB World Series.Berryhill will also attend Game 2, courtesy of The American Legion. In addition to attending tonight’s game, Berryhill also was expected to visit Legion Post 1291 in Chinatown before a tour of Battery Park, Ground Zero and Chinatown. Yankees Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Jose Molina and A.J. Burnett all played American Legion baseball, as did Phillies’ Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jamie Moyer and Drew Carpenter. Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi and Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel also played Legion ball.

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